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Day I Saw Your Heart [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981d2f84) out of 5 stars Dysfunctional father-daughter relationship movie 28 July 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"The Day I Saw Your Heart" (2011 release from France) is the most recent (July, 2012) release in the monthly Film Movement series of foreign and indie films. Please note that the original title of this movie is "Et Soudain, Tout Le Monde Me Manque" (which translates as "And Suddenly, I Miss Everyone").

Michel Blanc stars as Eli, who recently remarried and is expecting a baby with his new (and much younger) wife. Eli has 2 grown daughters, Dom(inique), who is looking to adopt a baby with her husband, and Ju(stine), the free-spirit who cannot stand her dad. Dom and Ju are appalled that their dad is to become a father again, given the terrible job he did with them. Or did he? In the first half hour of the movie, we witness what a complete jerk Eli is, and the toll it takes on everyone around him ("his loved ones" would be an overstatement).

But not everything is what it appears to be, and as the movie progresses we see signs of change in both Eli and Ju. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Legendary French actor Michel Blanc brings Eli as if he was born to play this role, but Melanie Laurent as his daughter Ju is the true break-out star of this movie. Also noteworthy is the soundtrack of the movie, with great songs placements from Ben Kweller, Regina Spektor and Nina Simone, among others. Please note that the DVD contains several bonuses, including a very clever 5 min. cartoon from Canada called "Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish". If you are in the mood for a good foreign movie, be sure to check out "The Day I Saw Your Heart".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981d2fd8) out of 5 stars This Film May Well Warm Your Heart 4 Jan. 2013
By Dr Lawrence Hauser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Day I Saw Your Heart begins slowly and I almost turned it off fifteen minutes in. I'm glad I stayed with it! The core of the story explores the relationship between an indefatigable, quirky, aging father (played to perfection by Michel Blanc) and his tempestuous daughter who blames him for her inability to stay with a man and thus make a life for herself. Closely observed and psychologically astute, The Day I Saw Your Heart rings true as it looks at the distance that can separate people who long for love but are too proud, or too emotionally vulnerable, to seek it. I thought the film was well-written, engagingly acted, and realized admirably by its director who clearly knows how to build a story compellingly by focusing on the nuances in the way people relate as opposed to how they present themselves or wish to be seen by others. Poignant and entertaining, The Day I Saw Your Heart warmed my heart as it may well warm yours.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98440024) out of 5 stars Funny, Smart and Heart-warming 15 Feb. 2013
By Promise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I watched this film on a pure whim, having never heard of the director nor any of the actors. At first it seemed like a lightweight comedy and I wasn't much interested. But the people were genuinely funny so I stuck with it. What a surprise as it got better and better and then totally won me over.

Besides the smart and clever script, the actors are wonderful. Michel Blanc, as the 60 year old bad dad will touch your heart. His terribly selfish daughter, Justine, played by the very beautiful and talented Melanie Laurent goes head to head with him -- they are a great father-daughter love/hate team. Even the supporting characters are great; I particularly liked the son-in-law who's thrilled when his refrigerator shows up in the art show. .

Not the least interesting to me is the use of American pop culture--Starbucks, PayPal, EBay, as well as great music. I loved the idea of the x-ray technologist making art from her films. Just to describe the film is not to do it justice. It's wonderfully done and I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981d427c) out of 5 stars The Foibles of Family: A French Charmer With Laughs And Heart 25 Nov. 2012
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Jennifer Devoldere's dramedy "The Day I Saw Your Heart" is an offbeat combination of unbelievably quirky characters, farcical situations mixed with real life concerns, and overt sentimentality. There's not much about its plot that rings particularly true, but the underlying alienation that can exist within families grounds the movie in a way that make it virtually impossible not to respond to. It's very much like a grown-up sitcom that packs a surprisingly emotional punch. Perhaps I'm not describing the picture well. I enjoyed it very much. But my head groaned at some of the film's contrivances while my heart embraced its overall mood and message. It probably helped matters that the film boasts a strong and likable cast. Led by the lovely Melanie Laurent (who I still think was robbed of an Oscar nod for Inglorious Basterds), this French trifle has heart and charm to spare.

The movie introduces us to a typical family of comic dysfunction, the Dhreys. It soon becomes apparent, however, that a special awkwardness and irritation exist between father (Michel Blanc) and daughter (Laurent). Blanc may easily have the film's showiest role and he inhabits it to perfection. Fussy and inappropriate, he is also a lovable curmudgeon. The tension between the two is palpable and real, and this is where the movie tackles some of its more serious issues. Blanc has a new wife with the baby on the way which pushes Laurent into even greater alienation. Laurent, meanwhile, is beginning a new relationship that she seems destined to ruin like all of her other short term commitments. Moments in "The Day I Saw Your Heart" are genuinely moving, some are quite funny, but other push too far. Laurent's workplace hobby, for example, (which is necessary for the film's central metaphor and meaning) never resembles reality. But in the end, while not perfect, the film strikes a pleasing balance.

Laurent's character might have been thoroughly unappealing in other hands (she is quite surly, challenging, and selfish), but the audience sticks with her due to Laurent's underlying vulnerability. The interplay between her and Blanc is the heart of the film. While I wanted to love "The Day I Saw Your Heart," though, I merely liked it. But I'd easily recommend it to fans of the genre and/or the actors involved. Despite some of the less convincing set-up, it still packs an emotionally satisfying conclusion. The Bonus Short for this presentation is a four minute Canadian animated feature entitled "Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish." It's pleasant enough, if rather a throw-away. I look forward to the Film Movement shorts because there have been some really spectacular and impactful selections from around the globe. This tiny film just doesn't stand up to some of their stronger entries and doesn't add much value to the DVD presentation. Some months, this short can make the DVD a must-buy! KGHarris, 11/12.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981d44bc) out of 5 stars Loved This Film 13 April 2013
By Dan Lebryk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Day I Saw Your Heart is what is right and wonderful about independent film. This is a warm beautiful and funny film. I didn't want this film to end.

Everybody in this film is a little bit crazy, some more than others. Dad, Eli Dhrey, is the craziest but yet the one that loves everybody the most. At one point in the film Eli is talking with a doctor and says, if he was a doctor, he would call himself Dr. Dre. This is funny on so many levels; none of the least is that his last name in French is pronounced Dray, just like the good rap doctor. The film is full of non-sequiturs, people doing incredibly unexpected things. It is hard to imagine that a film in French with English subtitles would translate into a good dozen very funny jokes. The film is genuinely funny up until the day Justine sees the heart. This is always a delicate point in a film, the conflict is built and then the film changes direction to resolve the conflict. The director did an amazing job making that transition quickly and brings the film to a perfect close without an awkward moment.

Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) plays Justine. She is bohemian gorgeous in all the right ways, nothing like her role in the Tarantino film. Her father, Eli is played by Michel Blanc (a French character actor with a long history of fine films and television - Monsieur Hire, Ready To Wear, and Uranus). These two have an amazing chemistry. The rest of the cast is perfection. From Cecilia her loud partying friend, to her sister, and handsome boy friends. This was a cast that worked together perfectly.

The film was carefully constructed. The film opens in a Starbucks with a recurring theme of coffee through the first half of the film. The connections are there, done in a simple barely visible way. At just over an hour and a half, the film is exactly the right length. The soundtrack is perfection; the music added a drama to the film.

The French translation is interesting. Most of the time they didn't go for the exact translation that Americans would not understand, instead a looser translation was used to get the right meaning across. At one point somebody says, they live in the 15th. To an American, that wouldn't mean much. Instead the translation was, they live in a high rise. Not the literal translation, but the latter is what the writer and director meant. I appreciated these subtitles much more than literal.

The title translation is another thing. I'm torn if I think the English title is better. The Day I Saw Your Heart is an incredibly strong moment in the film. It is the climax of the film. The original title in French is Et soudain tout le monde me manque. The translation is And Suddenly I Miss Everybody. This is a completely different moment in the film, fairly off the climax but relates to more of the film. The director had a very different idea choosing this title. I can't decide which one is the better title. I would probably lean more toward the Miss Everybody.

The film is not rated. I would imagine the MPAA would give this an R rating because there are two scenes of a woman getting a mammogram. Otherwise there is no other nudity. There are a number of jokes about schlongs. There is no strong language in the subtitles. There is no violence. If a younger viewer wouldn't be offended by two scenes with exposed breasts during a mammogram, this film would be perfectly acceptable.

I loved this romantic film. It was much funnier than I expected. The scenes in Paris are wonderful - not tourist locations but regular normal neighborhoods. The chemistry between father and daughter is remarkable in this film.

The short Film Movement includes on this DVD is awful. I really don't get it at all. Thankfully Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish is only 4 minutes long. The title says everything. I'm still completely confused why the mother keeps telling her daughter to go get a present from Santa.

I was provided a review copy.
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